Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka made a new announcement for National Standard for Plugs And Socket Outlets.

Based on the recommendations by Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the Government of Sri Lanka announced ‘Type G plug and socket outlet”, widely known as the “13 ampere plug and socket outlet”, and commonly referred to as the “square pin” plug and socket, would be the only national standard in Sri Lanka effective from 16th August 2016.

Therefore, PUCSL requests public and all related parties to pay attention for the implementation process of the new national standard. The grace period for manufacture, import and sale of non-standard plugs and socket outlets will be as follows:

  • Manufacture and import of non-standard plugs, socket outlets, adaptors, and extension cords with universal sockets, may continue, but will be banned from 16th August 2017.
  • The sale of appliances carrying non-standard plugs may continue, but will be prohibited from August 16. 2018. Any remaining stocks thereafter may be sold after being replaced by a Type G plug.
  • The sale of non-standard sockets, adaptors v/ith multiple sockets, and extension cords with universal sockets will be banned from August 16, 2018.
  • New decision will not force to go for an internal wiring change or immediate change of existing wall sockets. If the existing 5A socket outlet come to its usable life time, the unit can be replaced by a 13A face plate marked 6A MAX on the dolly (ON- OFF switch). Accordingly the new standard would not require any premises be re-wired purely for the purpose of compliance with the new standard, and the existing wiring, according to one of the three standard sockets now in use, may remain until the end of its useful life or 16th August 2038. Whichever is earlier.
  • All new constructions, rehabilitations, extensions, etc., should follow the new national standard for plugs and socket outlets effective from 16th August 2016.

Through this systematic transition process, the Government expects the country will totally transform to the use of “Type G” plugs and socket outlets by the year 2038.

For Further Information Please Contact the Inspectorate Division of PUCSL via (011) 2392608 or see below image

No more Round Pin Plug, Government approved only Square Pin Plug from 16th August 2016

No more Round Pin Plug, Government approved only Square Pin Plug from 16th August 2016




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